Beaches, Bikes, Bonfires and Brew

By Ann Powers | Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Here on the Northern Oregon Coast, we’re very fond of the Four B’s – Beaches, Bikes, Bonfires and Brew. 

So save the dates, because it will all be up for grabs during the 2nd Annual Cannon Beach Fat Tire Bike Festival from Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19.  Explore the sandy shores of this charming seaside hamlet while taking part in pedal-powered pleasures including a sunset beach ride, bonfires, fat-bike games and activities, poker ride, scavenger hunt and Sunday's Fat Bike Beach Clean Up and Fat Bike Art Project.

Photo courtesy Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce

Here’s the schedule for this year’s festivities: 

On Friday join the welcome party and pick up your Fat Bike Festival packet at Public Coast Brewery starting at 5 p.m. As the sun dips into the Pacific Northwest horizon, stick around for the lighted group beach ride from Ecola Creek to Tolvana and back. The round trip is about 4 miles and promises to be a leisurely ride. Take some time and get creative because a prize will be awarded for the best bike lights!  

Rise and shine on Saturday for a 13-mile beach ride that leaves from Ecola Creek to Hug Point and circles back. Bring your camera to get snaps of spectacular views including a breathtaking waterfall and caves carved into sandstone. The ride starts at 8:30 a.m., and there will be several rest stops along the way. 

Next, gear up for the Fat Bike Festival Scavenger Hunt and Poker Ride from noon to 4 p.m. It’s a perfect opportunity to discover a treasure trove of Cannon Beach's boutiques, gift shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and galleries. There will be a list of clues for riders to follow leading to businesses and points of interest to collect cards and make a poker hand. 

Collect five cards and hold on to your hand for a chance to win the grand prize of a two night stay at Surfsand Resort. Additional prizes will be awarded to other top poker hands.

Photo courtesy Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce

The poker cards will be collected during the Full Moon Beach Bonfire that lights up at 7 p.m. Meet at the public parking lot on the corner of South Hemlock and Gower Avenue at 6:30 p.m. for a group ride through town and ends at the bonfire bash in front of the Surfsand Resort in the heart of Cannon Beach. The party features s’mores, chowder, games and craft brews from Pelican Brewing Company and Public Coast Brewery. Fun and friendly competitions include a include a track stand contest, fast race, fat bike limbo, criterium race around the outer edge of the bonfire and a bunny-hop contest to see who can jump the highest on their fat bike. 

The festival wraps up with a Fat Bike Beach Clean Up and Fat Bike Beach Art Project on Sunday. Meet at the Gower Street Beach Access at 11 a.m. to head out to the event location in front of the Surfsand Resort, either on bike or on foot. Representatives from the Surfrider Foundation and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program will be on hand to help transform collected trash into a bike mural window project.

Photo courtesy Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce

You can also take advantage of the festival and ride before you buy! Fat Bikes will be available to demo throughout the weekend if you don’t have your own or are in the market for one. Switching from your two-wheel to your four-wheel ride, parking will be available in the lot behind the Cannon Beach Elementary School for the entire weekend.

If you’re looking for lodging during the fest, check out the Surfsand Resort, Beachcomber Vacation Homes, Inn at Cannon Beach, Ocean Lodge or Tolvana Inn.

For information on tickets, pricing and other details, call (541) 270-7969.

Make sure to check our Northern Oregon Coast Daytime EventsNightlife and Community Events pages for even more adventures within these towns. Also, we’d love to hear about your Pacific Northwest getaway in the comments section below!

About the Author Ann Powers
Ann Powers is a reporter and writer who has lived and worked on the Oregon Coast. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and currently working on her master's degree in multimedia journalism at the University of Oregon's Portland campus. Originally from Wisconsin, she now calls Oregon home, describing it as, "the Midwest of the Pacific Northwest," due to its dairy-state status, beautiful environment and friendly people.